Venus Williams needed a third-set tiebreaker to defeat 87th-ranked Yuliana Fedak, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4), in the second round of the Advanta Tennis Championships in Villanova, Pa.
Williams, the fifth seed, led 5-4 in the first set but Fedak fought off six set points before losing on the game's eighth deuce. Fedak easily won the second set and opened a 3-1 lead in the third, but Williams fought back for a 5-4 lead. She rallied from 4-2 down in the tiebreaker.
"Girls like (Fedak) come out and have nothing to lose so they go for broke," Williams said. "I don't know if anyone else I'll play in this tournament will play at this high a level."
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Iveta Benesova, 6-2, 6-2.